Red Lake council receives new member and youth report
Tuesday, January 13 2015
Written by Michael Meuers, Red Lake News,
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red lake council receives new member and youth report-web.jpgRED LAKE, Minn. – Shortly after the call to order of the Red Lake Tribal Council on Dec. 9, Hereditary Chief James Loud was called upon by Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr. to swear in Robert Smith, recent winner of the special election for Red Lake District Representative.

He joins council member Roman Stately representing the community on the eleven member Tribal Council.

A special run off election was held on Nov. 19, to elect one Red Lake District Representative to a two-year term. The only eligible candidates in this contest were Donald Desjarlait and Robert Smith. Smith was declared the winner of the election winning 278 votes over Desjarlait's 227.

Hereditary Chief George "Billy" King was appointed by the council in March 2014 to serve temporarily in the Red Lake seat after former council member and Smith's father-in-law Donald "Dudie" May, Jr., died on March 8. May had won a four year term on July 18, 2012. King also served temporarily as Chairman after the death of former Chairman Gerald "Butch" Brun in 2003 until a special election was held.

Red Lake Youth Council

In what has become a regular part of the Red Lake Tribal Council agenda, Red Lake Youth Council member Mathew Antone gave a report to the council on the group's activities. Youth council members Anthony Benais and Breanna Johnson assisted him.

Earlier in the month Antone traveled to Washington, D.C. after being selected by the White House as a 2014 Tribal White House Tribal Nations Conference Youth Ambassador.

In a letter to Tribal Secretary Annette Johnson, who had nominated Antone for the honor, Obama administration official Raina Thiele said of Antone, "Your involvement in these events will ensure that young Native leaders’ voices are heard at the highest levels of our federal government. We hope these events will garner attention, shine a spotlight on inspiring stories, and promote youth-led efforts within Indian Country! Most importantly, this is an opportunity for you to be recognized for your exceptional service to your community."

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